UEFA Nations League Report: Spain v Croatia 11 September 2018

Croatia celebrate scoring in a friendly against Portugal last week

Tuesday's match in Elche marked ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique's first home game as Spain manager, and his second win in as many matches since taking over La Roja reins in July. He's a key part of Luis Enrique's Spain team and has returned the confidence shown in him by his coach.

Spain's Sergio Ramos celebrates scoring their fifth goal with teammates.

Marco Asensio scored his first global goal and guided Spain to an emphatic 6-0 win over Croatia on Tuesday night in UEFA Nations League action.

Luka Modric's Croatia threatened early in the southeastern Spanish city of Elche, but Spain took control of the match by scoring three goals in 11 first-half minutes.

Croatia is the 2018 World Cup runner-up, winning its group that included Argentina before beating Denmark, Russia and England on the way to the final.

In other Uefa Nations League games, England edged Switzerland 1-0, Belgium beat Iceland 3-0, and Poland and Ireland played out a 1-1 draw.




It was also the second time this year that Spain have scored six goals against World Cup runners-up, following their 6-1 win over 2014 finalists Argentina in March. In the 57th minute, Spain captain Sergio Ramos headed in his 14th global goal for the team's fifth on the night.

Isco play 180 minutes against England and Croatia.

However, the Asturian coach says Barca's Lionel Messi is still the best player in the world. Spain was coached by Fernando Hierro in Russian Federation after Julen Lopetegui was sacked two days before the tournament. They replaced Marcos Alonso, Thiago Alcantara and Iago Aspas.

The UEFA Nation's League match between Spain and Croatia will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision Deportes.

Lukaku and Hazard, whose goal came off a penalty kick, were two of Belgium's top players in its third-place campaign at the World Cup.

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